24/05/2012

New president for British Pig Veterinary Society

Veterinary surgeons that care for pigs are part of the broad picture aiming to retain and improve on pork's position as the world's number one meat, according to new PVS president Steven McOrist.

Steven McOrist was appointed the new president of the British Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) during its spring conference in Solihull, which took place on May 10-11, 2012.

Dr McOrist started his pig industry career in 1977 in Australia and has worked on pig farms and in many advisory and academic roles in the UK and abroad. He now teaches on pig health and management in the UK and advises on meat inspection to the European Commission.

New PVS president Dr Steven McOristSpeaking at his inauguration, Dr McOrist said: "Veterinary surgeons that care for pigs are part of a technical team for farmers, which also includes geneticists, nutritionists and environmental scientists. We are part of the broad picture aiming to retain and improve on pork's position as the world's number one meat.

"The pig industry has always lacked a 'bulk outlet' for its meat product, along the lines of a KFC or McDonalds. We can therefore continue to support producers in delivering a consistently high quality pork product for the many distinctive and popular British pork products and brands."

Dr McOrist also noted the many global brands in breeding pig supply which are based in Britain, such as PIC, JSR Genetics, ACMC, Rattlerow Farms, Hermitage Genetics and others.

"One strong contribution to feeding the 7 billion consumers now on our planet, can be the supply of high quality breeding pigs to new and expanding farms in the UK and around the world," he said.

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